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Euromillions October 2004

Million-fold increase in Euromillions

Connoisseurs of Euromillions are accustomed to million-sums. On 8 October 2004, however, a millionfold inrease of a special kind occurred. In the establishment of the multi-state lottery in February 2004, comparatively few countries and lotteries were involved. France, Great Britain and Spain were the main contributors to the lotteries Française des Jeux, The National Lottery and Loterías y Apuestas del Estado.

In addition, residents of Andorra, French Polynesia and Monaco were able to participate in the Euromillions through these lotteries and the Pacifique des Jeux. On October 8, 2004, the group of participants additionally expanded with Belgium - with the Loterie Nationale, Nationallotterie and the National Loterij - Ireland (National Lottery), Liechtenstein (Swisslos), Luxembourg (Loterie Nationale), Austria (Austrian Lotteries), Portugal (Departamento de Jogos ) And Switzerland (Loterie Romande and Swisslos).

As a result, the number of potential players increased by a double-digit million sum in one fell swoop, so that the population of all participating countries now comprised around 220 million inhabitants. This meant good news for both old and new gamblers. Because: more participating countries also mean a larger number of players, higher sales and, above all, greater profits and jackpots. No wonder that a lucky fellow could already win a record jackpot at Euromillions within the next month.

Viva España

In October 2004, five draws took place in the multi-national lottery Euromillions. Twice - on 1 and 22 October - a lucky fellow could win the jackpot. The jackpot went to Spain, so the October 2004 became the month of the Spanish jackpot crackers. In the draw of October 1st, the numbers 12, 20, 21, 45 and 48, as well as Lucky Stars 5 and Lucky Stars 6 were shown.

Since in the seven Euromillions draws before, nobody had all the correct winning numbers and lucky stars on his lottery ticket the first prize was 29,785,269 euros. It was not only the biggest win that a Spaniard has been able to win in the Euromillions, but also the second highest Euromillions win at the time. Although the jackpot was cracked again by a lucky Iberian three weeks later - with the fortune numbers 1, 9, 23, 25, 40 as well as the Lucky Stars 3 and 9 - it was bulging with 25.059.130 Euros.

This was mainly due to the fact that the number of participating countries - and thus also the revenue of the lottery - had increased significantly since 8 October 2014. In October, for example, Euro millions was able to distribute a jackpot of more than EUR 54.8 million for the first time.